Saturday, November 10, 2012

Across the Earth to Perth

I am going to fly to Perth next week to speak at this conference covered here.  One really cannot fly further from NYC to any inhabited place on Earth. Should be fun! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ouyang Yu in Poetry Games

Another Antipodes contributor, Ouyang Yu, has a poem in National Public Radio's Poetry Games

Poet, Antipodes contributor quoted in NY Times article

New Zealand-based poet Stephen Oliver, a frequent Antipodes contributor, was quoted in this New York Times article about film director James Cameron's new land purchase in New Zealand. Great exposure for Stephen and for New Zealand! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Braziller Series of Australian Poets

Review Address for ANTIPODES

All books for review by Antipodes should be sent to

Richard Carr
Dept of English
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks AK 99775 USA

The New York office does not handle book reviews any more and has not for some years. Please do send us books and we will promptly and incisively review them! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jonathan Franzen and Peter Carey

Reading an article in New York Magazine about Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace (, I came across this mention of an encounter between Franzen and Peter Carey:

"He was sharing a stage with the Australian-born novelist Peter Carey, who had won the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda. Franzen arrived in a college friend’s vintage Volvo in six-degree weather, with Wallace hitching a ride. “Carey arrived in a limousine from the Ritz.” The bookstore’s employees “had clearly never heard of me,” Franzen says. All of Carey’s books were on display, while a customer asking for Franzen’s previous novel was told to check the shelves under F."

Funny stuff!  It would be a different story now, of course, but it's still a wonderful scene to contemplate.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Antipodes backlog

Somewhat inexplicably, Antipodes has a considerable backlog in creative nonfiction and academic essays--we do not have room for anything new in these genres until December 2013. Fiction and poetry contributors should send their work to the relevant editors of  the magazine. Any essay submissions made now will have to wait at least the December 2013 issue to see print. We at Antipodes are profoundly grateful for our sudden spurt in popularity and are very sorry we have to delay worthy contributions to such an extent. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

RIP Bruce Bennett

       I just had the very sad news that noted Australian scholar Bruce Bennett had passed away after a long and valorous battle with lung cancer.
       With the passing of Bruce Bennett, all literary scholars of  Australia have lost a friend, a helping hand an an esteemed, guiding sensibility. He was a commanding figure in the field but even more he was simply a gracious and likable man. 

       It always fascinated me that Bruce Bennett was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford in the early 1960, at the same time as my mother was studying at nearby Bristol. Perhaps if they had met, I would have had even more connection to Australia than I ended up having.
      They eventually did meet, in 2000 when Bruce was the keynote speaker at the AAALS conference I organized in New York. We had not previously had a keynote speaker but I thought this would be a good innovation to give our meeting more of an academic core. Given the conference theme, I could think of no better speaker than Bruce. And he delivered powerfully on my hope, giving an eloquent address that started off by paying tribute to the recently deceased Jack Davis, then moved wide-rangingly over a dizzying array of global topics, all the while reminding us that globalization consisted of interactions between humans and must be pursued humanely. Bruce further proved this by being the social staple of the conference, even to the end where five or six people, including my mother and Bruce’s brother Jack, convened at Swift's pub in the East Village for a final post-conference celebration.
        Bruce first came to my attention as a West Australian regionalist; his An Australian Compass was one of the first books I reviewed for Antipodes in 1991. I was impressed by the specificity and intelligence of the book, its commitment to place as a critical lens for exploring allegiances, attachments, and affinities. Just when I had Bruce pegged as a West Australia regionalist though, he took a position at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, which enabled him to take a moor central role in promoting scholarship on Australian literature within and beyond Australia. Indeed, Bruce’s ambit was not just national but international; even then he was working on Indonesia (as evidenced in a paper he gave at the 1993 Toronto MLA) and pursuing initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, the Indian Ocean rim, postcolonial diasporas, and international education. Connections that today are routine might not have been made manifest without Bruce’s energetic fossicking. As a critic, he also explored broad overviews of Australian literature as seen in his Oxford book, but also has undertaken researches into less popular byways, such as his work on the short story and his current work in an almost wholly unstudied genre, Australian spy fiction, several installments of which I have published in Antipodes.
Bruce had the intellect and the breadth to be an intimidatingly erudite scholar but he added to that an availability, an affable if not necessarily matey graciousness, and a humility that has made him not only profoundly respected but also widely admired. The way he  pursued his career exemplified what an academic life can and should be: a vocation in which one's daily conduct is in synch with the ideals of learning and scholarship that inspire so many to enter it.
  Recently my undergraduate senior advisee told me that one book she had read in the course of her researches into Australian nature writing had particularly inspired her. It was Bruce Bennett’s An Australian Compass. She showed me her copy, the exact same edition I had reviewed in 1991, when my student could not have been more than an infant. Bruce’s work has spanned generations, and will span many more in the years to come.
    His passing leaves a huge gap in Australian literary study. He knew the field; encouraged the young called attention to the deserving He was a teacher, reader, and colleague. He was liked and respected. I will miss him tremendously. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Note on the December 2011 Antipodes Cover

The Oceanic Artist John Pule’s art features on the cover of Antipodes, December 2011. The artist was recommended to the editor by Stephen Oliver - regular contributor to Antipodes.

Monday, February 27, 2012

LA Review of Books on Murray & Kinsella

BRIAN REED on Les Murray and John Kinsella:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Things are getting exciting down there, with Rudd resigning his post and returning.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Official 2012 AAALS Program

2012 AAALS Conference

"Trans-Hemispheric Connections"

Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Thursday, February 16

6-8 PM, Reception

Friday, February 17

8 to 9 AM continental breakfast

9 AM Welcome - HE Louise Hand PSM, Australian High Commissioner in Canada. 

9:15-10:40 am Session 1. Transnational Texts. John Scheckter, Chair 

"Francis Webb's Canada," Toby Davidson, Macquarie University. 

"Stepping into America in Australian Literature," David Callahan, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

 "The Banality of Evil: Family Trauma and Everyday Violence in Animal Kingdom", Eva Rueschmann, Hampshire College. 

10:45-11 break 

11-12:30 Session 2. Questions of Identity, Per Henningsgaard, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Chair. 

“The Girl in the White Dress”:  Iris Milutinovic takes on the “Aboriginal question,” Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai'i.

“The White Usurper’s Power:’ Figurations of Shanawdithit and Truganini in Settler Culture Writing," Fiona Polack, Memorial University, Newfoundland. 

"Epistemological Crisis: Place, Nation, and Identity in Eve Langley and Robin Hyde," Sophie Clarke, University of New South Wales.

12:30-2 PM Lunch. “Emergent Settler and Indigenous Imaginaries: Learning to Read in Pacific Contexts." Diana Brydon, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies, University of Manitoba.

2:00-3:15 Session 3. Indigeneity and Trauma. Eva Rueschmann, Hampshire College, Chair.

"The Notions of Permanence: Autochthony, Indigeneity, Locality in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria," Nicholas Birns, Eugene Lang College, The New School. 

“On Being Serious About Welcome to Country: Deconstructing and Repositioning Reconciliation and Recognition in Noongar Theater and Activist Performance,” Michael Griffiths, Rice University.

"John Marsden’s “Tomorrow Series”: An Escher-Like Political Text," Theodore Sheckels, Randolph-Macon College.  

3:15-3:45 break 

3:45-5  Session 4. Creative Session: Poetry reading by Nathanael O'Reilly, Paul Kane, and Jonathan Bennett. 


“The game of nationhood: Federation, recreation and modernity,” Chris McAuliffe, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Harvard University 2011-12.

SATURDAY February 17 

Continental breakfast 8-9 

9:15-10:15, Session 5. Classics in Context. Nicholas Birns, Eugene Lang College. Chair.

"Patrick White and Suburbia: Disdain or Ambivalence?”, Nathanael O'Reilly, Texas Christian University. 

“The Age of Gas: Marcus Clarke, George Augustus Sala and Colonial Bohemia,” Peter Blake, University of Brighton. 

"Witkacy in Oz," John Scheckter, Long Island University. 

10:15-10:45 break 

10:45-12. Session 6. Australian Contexts. Paul Kane, Vassar College, Chair.

“Three Generations of McCrae Writers, 1804 – 1958,” Mark Klemens, Columbus, OH. 

“Brenda Walker’s Challenge to the Anzac Legend in her Great War Novel The Wing of Night,” Donna Coates, University of Calgary. 

12-1:30 Lunch, Professor Cecilia Morgan, University of Toronto, 'From Rupert's Land to Port Phillip: the Voyages of Duncan and Donald McTavish Within the British Empire, 1830s-1850s.'

1:30-2:15. Session 8.  Special Session "From Winds to God, The Deviland Me: Alf Taylor on poetry and memoir.

2:30-4 Session 9.  Education and Cognition. Nathanael O’Reilly, Texas Christian University, Chair.

How can a writer of historical fiction ethically negotiate the divide between fact and imagination?” Marcia van Zeller, Curtin University.

"Psychology and Book History: A New Frontier," Per Henningsgaard, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

"The Power of the Pen: Teaching Politics Via Political Cartoons," Kathleen Burns, George Mason University.

4 PM Business Meeting

Alf Taylor's presence is assisted by The Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts.

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies acknowledges that our meeting is taking place on the land of the Neutral, Seneca, Mohawk, and Cayuga peoples and their descendants and recognizes these as the First Nations of Toronto.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Response to Michael Heyward

`            The problems with this widely commented-on article by text publisher (and former Scripsi editor) Michael Heyward is that it takes reputations which have mysteriously become under-recognized like Sumner Locke Elliott or David Ireland, and makes them tantamount to the entire state of Australian writing when comparable writers--Thea Astley, Christopher Koch--are very much in evidence. There are analogous cases in the US and UK, where writers with huge reputations in the 60s and 70s just are not canonical any more. Also, even though he doesn't mention it explicitly, one gets the idea he is partially blaming academia and 'theory' and ‘multiculturalism’ when in my view it is (as he also also mentions, though perhaps with not enough fervor) probably the neoliberal, hyper-corporate contemporary publishing industry--and its love of glitz and the latest thing--that is the real problem. This is a notable shift from when I first started following Aus. Lit---in the early 90s Penguin and Angus and Robertson really wanted to promote Australian literature and literary fiction. They sent Antipodes review copies of literary books and understood how a small literary periodical could help promote their work. Shortly after the profits-only mentality took over as they were more subject to international that economic arena, it is simply numbers-simply Australia’s smaller population--that indicates why Bellow and Storey (!) are still in print and David Ireland is not....

We of course would be happy to promote by means of commissioning a review any Australian (or New Zealand!) book his firm publishes; our reviews editor can be contacted at Richard Carr, Department of English, PO Box 755720. Fairbanks, AK 99775-5720, USA. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Has anyone seen Julia Leigh's new movie Sleeping Beauty? I really liked her short novel Disquiet, so I'm looking forward to this.